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    13.03.2017 19:10 - in: Champions League S

    Espirito Santo and Brahimi: "Difficult but not impossible"

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    Porto's Nuno Espirito Santo and Yacine Brahimi hopeful for positive result at Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night
    Espirito Santo: Here to win

    "Above all, I am pleased that I have a full squad to choose from, apart from Alex Telles of course who is suspended. We know full well that it will be difficult but by no means impossible for us to reach the quarter-finals.

    "We have come here in good form, high spirits and we have the belief to get the result we want. Everyone knows how strong Juventus are on home soil. Their records speak for themselves but eventually someone will beat them here and it could be us that does it.

    "We are behind in the tie but there are no parallels to be drawn with what Barcelona achieved last week. We must consider this as a completely different, one-off game.

    "Beginning in the play-offs in August, we’ve come a long way to get to this point and the team can be proud of what they have achieved so far.

    "The red card in the first game was a deciding factor in the first leg but we can’t say with any certainty if it would have been different had Telles remained on the field. The outcome of tomorrow’s game depends entirely on us.

    "We have a clear idea of how we want to approach the game; we want to attack, be effective at both ends of the field and give our creative players license to influence the proceedings as best they can."

    Brahimi: "In form and confident"

    "We are preparing for a tough game against top opposition but we believe we have it takes to reach the next round.

    "The way we have trained and performed as a group in recent weeks has demonstrated that and we are confident that we will produce a worthy performance. 

    "We’re in good shape at the moment, we’re playing good football and we want to showcase the resilience and mental strength of the squad; we’ll be giving everything to remain in the competition."

     

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